Piyush Jindal (some call him "Bobby" but after enduring 2 years of "Barack Hussein Obama" I feel like we should use full names), the governor of Louisiana (where it's both the heat AND the humidity... that's why they drink) is being accused of impropriety with regard to his use of state aircraft. Quelle surprise.
After all, this man fights pork. Volcano monitoring? Pssh. Just because there are active volcanoes in five states, he doesn't think we need it.
But a quasi-campaign stop at churches around the state? Start the chopper. Over the Spring and Summer, Jindal spent many Sundays flying to churches around the state. And need I add "Christian" churches--because while houses of worship might be a good way to talk to (Christian values) voters, synagogues, mosques, covens and fucking community colleges are not.
Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, pastor of Northminster Baptist Church in Monroe, La ., and president of Interfaith Alliance--a national interfaith group "dedicated to protecting the boundaries between religion and government for the good of both institutions"-- released an open letter to Jindal that says, in part:
"If you were traveling to these churches to worship with the various congregations, you should have paid your own expenses to get there as did the other worshipers. If you were traveling to these churches for the purpose of sharing your personal faith and encouraging faith in others, state funds absolutely should not have been used to pay your expenses.... If you were traveling to these churches for political purposes, you should not have been there in the first place, regardless of who funded the travel."
Since Jindal was visiting churches in parishes (they don't have counties in Louisiana, they have parishes--today's lesson in USA's variations on district-ing) where he is generally weaker, it is possible that this is a crass campaign move. It is also possible that the sun also rises.
I will acknowledge that the parishes in question, in northern Louisiana, are the ones where having a helicopter really helps. Cause have you driven across central Louisiana? Gross. I mean, eek--and he's the governor. It's like when you have company over and there's that room that is just all fucking clutter and chaos and you don't even open the door on the tour and we all just tacitly acknowledge that it's the "storage" room. That's central LA--we just skip that part of the tour. Have you seen the stuff Brad Pitt built in NOLA? That's the interesting stuff!
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